Sara Groves Conversations -- I'm sure that Groves gets compared to everyone from Paula Cole to Ginny Owens to Ben Folds Five and many in between. But I venture to suggest that Sara's album Conversations is a project that stands alone as an artistic and spiritual statement that leaves the listener empowered by truth. Sure, the comparisons are inevitable, yet what I love about this album is that she has given a new package to a life changing message. Not many artists are able to do this. The Word is so moving. Like a gospel song moves one to applaud and react, this song encourages the heart and mind to depend on Scripture. Honesty, fear, doubt and, ironically, trust are sampled topics that Sara tackles with poetic maturity. Unfortunately, the 13-song project tends to run together with many of the songs having the same tempo. The writing is so strong on this album. Sarah's ability to convey the layperson's hopes and dreams is a beautiful attribute for a new artist. 

In a phrase: Prepare to weep and dream, then close your eyes and breathe ... I promise it's real.

Grade: A